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Description: Ingredients:
Chicken by-product meal, Brown Rice, Corn Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Whole Ground Barley, Beet Pulp, Dried Brewers Yeast, Catfish Meal (source of Omega-3 fatty acids including DHA☺), Dried Chicken Liver Meal, Fish Meal (source of Omega-3 fatty acids including DHA), Oat Meal, Rice Flour, Whole Ground Flax Seed, Fish Oil (Source of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids including DHA and preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin E), Dried Whole Carrots, Dried Whole Celery, Potassium Chloride, Lecithin (source of essential Omega-6 fatty acids), Sea Salt, dl-Methionine, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Whole Beets, Dried Whole Parsley, Fructooligosaccharides, l-Lysine, Taurine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, l-Carnitine, Chondrotin Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Beta Carotene, Ferrous Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (source of vitamin C), Manganese Sulfate, Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Biotin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Iodate (source of iodine), Manganous Oxide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of vitamin K activity), Folic Acid.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Protein (Min) 27%
Fat (Min) 15%
Moisture (Max) 10%
Ash (Max) 6%
Fiber (Max) 2.5%


Registered: October 2005
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Review Date: Sun March 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Cons: Insufficient meat content, by-products, use of low quality grains and other controversial filler.

The first ingredient is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.

Rice is a decent quality grain, but corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food.
It is a concern to see a fat as the fourth ingredient. Research at Purdue University has identified fat in the top four ingredients of a dry food as a factor that increases the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.

Barley is good quality but beet pulp is filler and a controversial ingredient it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.

There are three named meat meal ingredients at 10-12 on the ingredient list. This is far too far down to make up a substantive portion of the food. Two of these are fish meals: We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

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